Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 Cellular IoT System-in-Package

Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 Cellular IoT System-in-Package is designed to address the needs of emerging low-power cellular IoT applications. These applications include long battery life, low-cost deployment and maintenance, and scalability for potentially billions of devices. Nordic nRF9160 also provides ubiquitous network coverage in a miniaturized form factor that can fit almost anywhere. With an integrated application processor, full LTE-M/NB-IoT/GNSS modem, RF front end, and power management in a 10mm x 16mm x 1mm package, the Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 offers a compact solution for cellular IoT.

The nRF9160 SiP includes a variant with built-in GPS support for targeting asset-tracking applications. It combines location data from the cellular network with GPS satellite trilateration to allow remote monitoring of the device's position. The nRF9160 SiP features a globally compatible LTE modem supporting a large variety of bands

The nRF9160 SiP has an integrated Arm® Cortex®-M33 CPU and features Arm TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security technology. The device includes many digital and analog interfaces and peripherals for single-device design possibilities. All necessary modem firmware, RTOS, application software examples, and hardware reference designs are provided to implement a full cellular IoT design.


  • Software development kit
    • LWM2M client
    • CoAP, MQTT, HTTP
    • Secure boot
    • Secure FOTA for application and modem
    • Peripheral driver libraries
    • Application examples
  • Application processor
    • Arm Cortex M33 at 64MHz
    • TrustZone for trusted execution
    • Crypto cell co-processor
    • Secure Key management unit
    • Up to 4x SPI, TWI, UART serial interface
    • PDM, I2S audio interfaces
    • PWM and 12-bit ADC
    • EasyDMA on all peripherals
    • Programmable Peripheral Interconnect (PPI) system
    • HW Automated power and clock management
    • 32 GPIO with flexible mapping
  • LTE-M and NB-IoT modem
    • LTE-M and NB-IoT support in bands from 700MHz to 2.2GHz
    • Worldwide operation
    • LTE band support in hardware
      • Cat-M1: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B14, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, B66
      • Cat-NB1/NB2: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B17, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, B66
    • Up to 23dBm output power
    • -105dBm RX sensitivity
    • Single pin 50Ω antenna interface
    • eDRX, PSM
    • SMS, IPv4/IPv6
    • BSD secure socket, LTE L3 APIs
    • AT commands for control


  • Cellular IoT
  • Logistics and asset tracking
  • Metering
  • Smart cities
  • Smart infrastructure
  • Smart industry
  • Smart agriculture
  • Wearables
  • Medical


Published: 2018-12-11 | Updated: 2024-05-02